Dr. Angelika Rettberg

Professor - Political Science Department, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Dr. Angelika Rettberg is a Professor at the Political Science Department at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá – Colombia), where she leads the Research Program on Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding. Since 2019, she is the co-director of the Transformation and Empowerment Stream of the LSE-led and UKRI-funded Hub on Gender, Security, and Justice. She is also a Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), a visiting fellow at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and a visiting fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics (LSE). In 2018 she served as a negotiator for the Colombian government in the peace talks with the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN). Her research has focused on the private sector as a political actor and, specifically, on business behavior in contexts of armed conflict and peacebuilding. She has also been involved in research about other aspects of the political economy of armed conflict and peace building, such as the relationship between legal resources, armed conflict, and crime as well as the dynamics of transitional justice and reconciliation. She is a member of several editorial boards, including Security Dialogue, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, Colombia Internacional, and Revista de Estudios Sociales. She regularly contributes to the public media on topics related to the Colombian peacebuilding process.

Dr. is speaking at

September 17, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


  • Juan Lucas Restrepo (Speaker) Director General, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  • Frank Pearl Gonzales (Speaker) Former Colombia Minister of Environment, Peace commissioner, and Lead Negotiator for Colombia's Peace agreement
  • Dr. Angelika Rettberg (Speaker) Professor - Political Science Department, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Dr. Luis Fernando Suárez Vélez (Speaker) Governor, Department of Antioquia, Colombia


In Colombia, like in many other countries, the increasing impact of climate change is a major social disruptor and catalyser of conflict. The challenge is of great complexity and Colombia’s case presents aspects of high relevance, since both conflict and vulnerability to climate variability and climate change co-exist. Colombia is also a success story given that it has evolved into a middle-income country, has dealt with key aspects of political violence, and has achieved remarkable success on key social and institutional indicators. The country is at the forefront of the dynamics of climate change, showing some of its more acute impacts but also displaying some innovative solutions. Looking at the Colombian case offers the opportunity to understand the interactions between a multiplicity of factors and extract key lessons to address one of the greatest challenges humanity is facing

We will be examining both short-term solutions to address current environmental issues, and long-term strategies to ensure sustainable development. Recognising the complexity in delivering these solutions, we have invited guest speakers from a wide range of expertise in conflict, agricultural development and public administration who can share their perspectives, vision, and strategies, showcasing as well specific initiatives of great potential.

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